Campbell, J. R.
A History of the County of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Seller ID: 1743
Saint John: J. & A. McMillan, 1876. First edition (pp. xvi, 200) with nine full-page engravings, chiefly of churches, and a title-page vignette. Octavo (21 cm) in olive green publisher's cloth with decorations in blind, gilt titles to cover and spine. The Rev. Campbell's history bears the imprimatur of a committee of local worthies attesting to its accuracy and impartiality-- especially when it comes to the account of a Mr. L. E. Baker of the Committee whose house is prominently featured in one engraving. Just how Ohio got its name (Ohio, Nova Scotia, that is) is one of those unwritten comedies which get buried in the particulars recorded in many local histories and then passed over. According to the Reverend Campbell, "About fifty years ago... when there was a great rage for emigrating to Ohio [in the United States], and several families had left for that then very distant El Dorado of the West, Nehemiah and Benjamin Churchill...were smitten with the 'Ohio fever', as it was called. Not being able to carry out their plans from some cause, they removed back into the woods with their families, several miles beyond the most distant settler at the 'Ponds', as all the country above the mills at Milton was called, and gave their farms the name of their wished-for western home; which has thus become the name of the settlement" (p. 149). Lower 4 cm of front cover's edge discoloured, bottom edge a bit faded in places, endpapers with glue remnants. A tight, clean copy.
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